Worthy of the Week

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Hey all! Thanks so much for stopping by, here is this Friday’s Worthy of the Week, a weekly breakdown of things worth sharing. If you like what you see, feel free to join in! Just post your link in the comments, and I’ll stop by 🙂 Check out the others here

Inspiration

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Issues

When people think of human trafficking, they usually think of third world countries, places far away. But they forget that it exists, right here at home, and is just as much of a problem–but it is a problem that most people don’t see, or choose not to.

This powerful spoken word poem speaks for itself.

Words of Wisdom

I love Rumi–another great quote that is so true for us writers.

© Katie Daisy

Worthy of the Week

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Hey all! Short post this week, since as you know I am in the middle of the moving. Thanks so much for stopping by, here is this Friday’s Worthy of the Week, a weekly breakdown of things worth sharing. If you like what you see, feel free to join in! Just post your link in the comments, and I’ll stop by 🙂 Check out the others here

Inspiration

For awesome character inspiration and photos like these, check out this character board.

The Witness - Character inspiration #writing #nanowrimo #face    India

Issues

Check out this powerful slam poem and video, with a message about expectations and body image that I think every girl and woman should hear.

Words of Wisdom

I think this is the one and only reason people should write. I write because there are stories inside of me, that have to come out. I write because I don’t know any other way to be.

What’s Up Wednesday

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, to help connect writers on this writing journey. If you’d like to join us, check out the blogs each week, get to know some of the other writers taking part, and spread some writerly love! 

What I’m Reading

Finished Altaica by Tracy M. Joyce, fantastic fantasy! (Read my review here) Also read Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo in three hours straight, it was that addicting. Ordered the next two and anxiously awaiting their arrival 🙂 Currently reading an ARC for review, Feuds by Avery Hastings.

What I’m Writing

I reached 100% of my target for CampNaNoWriMo! 20k might not seem like a lot, but it is for me considering I’ve only ever done one monthly word count goal before. It feels pretty awesome! But I am exhausted, my creativity wiped, and I’m taking a little break for a while.

What Inspires Me

Other books and authors! I’ve read a lot of fantastic ones lately, and it’s a great way to refill my creativity well. 🙂

What Else I’m Up To

Moving day is in one week! I am mostly packed, and working on some logistics for moving, the apartment, and school. Also got accepted into the honors program at my university, which is a big honor and opportunity 🙂

Have a great week!

Worthy of the Week

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Hey all! Thanks so much for stopping by, here is this Friday’s Worthy of the Week, a weekly breakdown of things worth sharing. If you like what you see, feel free to join in! Just post your link in the comments, and I’ll stop by 🙂 Check out the others here

Inspiration

These four are from a series by Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova. I think each one has so much whimsy and story in it, and had to share.

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Issues

Despite the positive body image movements, I think it is still something we struggle with as a nation, and all around the world. Thankfully, leaders in our culture (celebrities, popular brands, etc.) have started to join in this push against impossible perfection. Two awesome music videos I found this week, Try by Colbie Caillat, and You & I by John Legend, are fantastic (and emotional) illustrations of that. Definitely worth checking out. 

Words of Wisdom

As writers, we are naturally in tune with our imagination. But I think these words go further than creativity or imagination–don’t forget to be curious, to be amazed by the world around you, or even the craft you love. Don’t get so caught up in writing as a business that you forget why you loved it in the first place.

♥ Something I always said to her.....I hope you dance!!

What’s Up Wednesday

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Hey all, it’s been a while since I’ve done WuW, but thought I’d stop by this week 🙂

What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, to help connect writers on this writing journey. If you’d like to join us, check out the blogs each week, get to know some of the other writers taking part, and spread some writerly love! 

What I’m Reading

I just finished The Park Service by Ryan Winfield (read the review here). I am currently reading two ARCs for review from Netgalley–Altaica by Tracy M. Joyce, and Feuds by Avery Hastings. I am about 70% done with Altaica and am really liking it so far. It is one of the few YA epic fantasies I have read, but it really good so far. I will keep y’all posted 🙂

What I’m Writing

If you didn’t know already, I am participating in CampNaNoWriMo this year, my first NaNoWriMo event ever. So far, despite the ups and downs, it’s been a great experience! I have written over 10,000 words for Nightfire and have almost 33k total–over halfway there! (You can read my CampNaNo updates here).

What Inspires Me

Other media–books, TV, movies. Stories. I’ve been reading a lot lately, and have found all kinds of good words and phrases to use. I also love TV shows, and (gasp) sometimes appreciate them as much as books. They were written too! Right now I’m in love with Defiance on Syfy, which might sound super nerdy but it’s really a great show. Surprisingly deep characters, real, raw emotions, some awesome world-building, and a great story.

What Else I’m Up To

Well I just got back from our first family vacation in a couple years, and it was great! Minus it storming our second day, and me getting terribly sunburned (of course). It was awesome to spend a few days with family and boyfriend enjoying the sun, sand, and surf–and each other, of course. 🙂 I didn’t even mind the 10 hour drive!

I also started packing up boxes to move out for the first time in two weeks! I am excited, but also a bit nervous as I have never been on my own before and have no idea what to expect. I know it will be good though, and I will still be close to home. Ready to start this new chapter of my life 🙂

Have a good week!

Worthy of the Week

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Hey all! Thanks so much for stopping by, here is this Friday’s Worthy of the Week, a weekly breakdown of things worth sharing. If you like what you see, feel free to join in! Just post your link in the comments, and I’ll stop by 🙂 Check out the others here

Inspiration

I thought I’d share some awesome art I found while searching inspiration for Nightfire. Hope you enjoy 🙂

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Issues

You may have heard of the relatively infamous “Proud Whopper” from Burger King (if you haven’t, check it out here). Basically, it’s a whopper wrapped in rainbow paper, with the phrase: “We’re all the same inside”. I love the idea. Some people are criticizing them for being fake activists, and actually not being helpful at all, but I think it’s a nice gesture. I mean, they’re still a corporation. I think this is a great way for them to get involved and show support. It’s under “issues” because I am disgusted by a lot of the reactions (seriously, read them) I think it’s ridiculous, in 2014, people are boycotting BK because of rainbow paper, calling it the “fag burger” or “sodomy burger” (also thought one rebuttal was particularly hilarious, that straight people are a lot more focused on gay sex than actual gays are. It’s true, though. There’s so much more to it than that). Anyways, I won’t get too ranty. Go check it out, and see for yourself. BK: 1 Humanity: -1

Words of Wisdom

I absolutely love this quote. I think it captures my writing style, and writing itself, so well.

Writing inspiration from Walt Whitman and Figment

How Books Killed True Love

Our culture, as casual and careless as it has become, still thrives on true love, and our concept of it. Ask a little girl what love is, and you will likely get an answer that involves butterflies and roses and Prince Charming. Ask an adult, and they would either tell you A: it doesn’t exist or B: name a movie/book. Some might even describe that same floaty, bubbly, butterfly feeling. I think romance, both movies and books, are to blame. Our entire culture has built up this distortion of true love and set us up for disaster.

Think of any romance in any book you have read, no matter the genre. I think romance tends to be especially bad in YA (though there are plenty of exceptions). Chances are I can describe 90% of them with this:

Girl meets guy, in unlikely situation. They probably detest each other, or at least extremely awkward, but at the same time irresistibly drawn to each other. He is probably a bad boy, or someone she usually doesn’t (or shouldn’t) like. A series of events, and hate turns to love, usually in a kiss scene. They forget all about aforementioned hate, or any of their problems in general because love. They are unstoppable, head-over-heels, perfect.

Perfect. 

Now there are plenty of issues with this, but this is the main one. Books build up love as this thing that happens. Cupid has struck, and there’s no going back. It happens, and you are overwhelmed with butterflies and an insatiable attraction for this person and everything they do is just so endearing, even if they are sometimes a little bit annoying.

Have you ever been in love, in real life?

I’m sorry, but that is not love. I  understand that a certain number of romances are written for pure escapism. They are meant to be somewhat guilty pleasure, sweep you off your feet. I have no problem with that, if that is your thing. But the problem is that when books build this idea up, and pass it off as true love, real life can get distorted. Especially in YA, where readers can often be young and impressionable.

Books killed true love because they set my expectations so impossibly high. Yes, when I met boyfriend, I had butterflies. But a lot of other guys had given me butterflies. I knew I was really in love, when those feelings weren’t always there, and I still loved him. It was a moment where I was like, oh. This is what true love is like. Love isn’t a feeling. It isn’t always romantic, or generous, or selfless. Love is hard work, sometimes. It is raw, and emotional, and sometimes it hurts. Love is human, imperfect.

Love gets on your nerves, and chews with its mouth full, and farts under the covers. Love is when boyfriend carries me up the stairs because I’m too sick to walk, or sits with me in the bathroom while I throw up, or gives me a pep talk before a big test. Love is when I feel my ugliest, and he still looks at me like I’m the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen.

And as far as books, I’d love to read something different. I’m so sick of those puppy love romances. I want something that feels real, and meaningful. Something that could actually exist, outside of the pages of a book.

One of the best examples that comes to mind is Neryn and Flint, in Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier. Their love is developed over the entire book, page by page. They never even acknowledge feelings for each other until the last twenty pages. And every scene with them is so perfect. It’s not overdone. The moments are real, and their relationship is believable. But it’s still just as swoon-worthy.

If you have romance in your book, reexamine it. If it sounds a lot like what I described above, consider some serious changes. Especially if it involves a bad boy, or a love triangle. Besides the fact that these are terrible models to give young readers for relationships, they’re overdone. I want to read something new, something real.

Spend time crafting a love that feels true. Not instant connection, head-over-heels and the rest is history Hollywood-crafted “true love”. Love, most often, is slow. Especially if your characters have just met. They have to get to know each other first, before they can start to love. I’d love to see a love story about two best friends, slowly falling for each other. Or any story, where the love isn’t the focus. It just kind of happens, but they still have these great stories and lives and worlds to save.

Write real love, not true love. Hollywood already killed that.

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Worthy of the Week

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Hey all! Thanks so much for stopping by, here is this Friday’s Worthy of the Week, a weekly breakdown of things worth sharing. If you like what you see, feel free to join in! Just post your link in the comments, and I’ll stop by 🙂 Check out the others here

Inspiration

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Issues

So you may or may not have heard about the controversy this week, over the Supreme Court’s ruling in the “Hobby Lobby” case. Basically, the Supreme Court ruled that companies could deny employees birth control because of the company’s religion. So A: yet another legislation (passed by all men, only one sided with women) regulating women’s bodies, while there remains no legislation regulating men. B: companies allowed to force their religious beliefs on their employees (doubt they’d have the same reaction if it was Muslims forcing employees to cover their hair). And C: companies and sex cells (not even fertilized eggs) are people and have more rights than women. How can you not be upset??

My favorite tweet on the subject: “we have literally arrived at the point where we let party supply stores tell women what to do with their bodies.” – @lawblob Also, if you think we are overreacting, watch this video. It might seem like a small thing, but it is part of decades of fighting for women’s rights, and this is a huge step backwards. It also opens to the doors to all kinds of claims and rights violations on the grounds of “company religion”. Since when is that a thing?

Words of Wisdom

As CampNaNoWriMo started this week, I am learning yet again the value of my peers in the writing community. All of you, you are great. 🙂

Collaborate.

Worthy of the Week

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Hey all! Thanks so much for stopping by, here is this Friday’s Worthy of the Week, a weekly breakdown of things worth sharing. If you like what you see, feel free to join in! Just post your link in the comments, and I’ll stop by 🙂 Check out the others here

Inspiration

Art, as always. I think these pieces speak for themselves.

Breathless,Fine Artist Portrait Painting, Artist Study with thanks to Artist Danny O' Connor, Resources for Art Students, CAPI ::: Create Art Portfolio Ideas at milliande.com , Inspiration for Art School Portfolio Work, Portrait, Painting, Figure, FacesPassions- twilight 7005  Rikka AyasakiSaatchi Online Artist: Yuliya Vladkovska; Mixed Media, 2012, Painting "One sweet goodbye"  Want this for my home!

Issues

This week, I watched Lee Thompson Young’s funeral tribute on Rizzoli and Isles. It’s been a while since he passed, and he was in the rest of last season, so this was the first time being confronted with it. Wow. I was surprised by how much emotion I had for someone I had never met. Even worse, it was so hard to understand. For those of you who don’t know, he committed suicide. He was clearly successful and had a bright future ahead of him, and was much loved by his costars and everyone around him. But that’s the thing: suicide doesn’t make sense. Depression and mental illness don’t make sense. They are a chemical imbalance–there is no logic. And sadly, I think there’s still so much stigma. Hopefully, his death will show people that they are not alone in their struggle, that it is okay to not be okay, even when it seems like you should, and that there is always help and people who care.

Words of Wisdom

This week I’ve spent some more time sick and in bed, more time with emotions and feelings that I don’t know what to do with–and as always, I can escape to my writing. There is something almost magical about how healing books can be.

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Worthy of the Week

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Sorry I missed it last Friday, I’ve been terribly sick and didn’t get around to it. But don’t worry! Here is this Friday’s Worthy of the Week, a weekly breakdown of things worth sharing. If you like what you see, feel free to join in! Just post your link in the comments, and I’ll stop by 🙂 Check out the others here

Inspiration 

Okay, I’m kind of in a forest and nature obsession right now, with my new WIP (title to be revealed soon). I just think forests have so much quiet, unseen story to them. If only trees could talk 🙂

"the woods are lovely, dark and deep . . but I have miles to go before I sleep." - Robert frost . . . nature. the ultimate source of inspiration. {junk gypsy co}     Image

Issues

You might have heard of the recent attention Miss Indiana got during the Miss USA pageant–but it wasn’t for winning. She was the “largest” contestant, and viewers praised her more average bikini body (though she’s still a size 4). I think this is great. I feel like the emphasis on ultra skeleton skinny is starting to give way (finally) in the wake of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence or Miss Indiana. Maybe if they start embracing their bodies (skinny, curvy, thick, and in between) women will start to do the same. Though I have never personally struggled with weight, it runs in my family, and I am very familiar with the battle. But ultimately, it’s about being healthy, and loving yourself, no matter what shape you are. (Also worth checking out, this fantastic spoken poem and song by Mary Lambert called Body Love)

Words of Wisdom

Being really sick again this week, for the first time in a while, forced me to be in bed all day. With nothing else to do, I turned to books and writing. It gave me a chance to remember why I fell in love with books in the first place. For me, writing is so much more than telling stories. It gives me a place to go when my body fails me, or the world is unfair, or life gets me down. Writing saves me. It is my escape. So this quote was kind of perfect this week.

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